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With Time Change on Sunday, Risk of Hitting Cars and Pedestrians Jumps: Here’s How to Avoid It

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Like the end of a film noir, Daylight Saving Time will fade to black Sunday, a period when Connecticut’s roadway crashes spike, warns AAA Northeast. — an announcement from AAA Northeast
Starting Nov. 6 — when clocks “fall back” an hour at 2 a.m., and we all gain an hour — the 5 to 6 p.m. hour becomes a perilous time, said Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast spokeswoman. “The November time change creates many more hazards during evening commutes because people aren’t used to darkness coming earlier,” Mayko said. Between 2017 and 2021, during the 5 p.m. hour, the UConn Crash Data Repository reports Connecticut saw a 206% spike in pedestrian-related crashes when comparing the four weeks after DST ends to the four weeks prior, she said.